The government of Kosovo issued a statement following Assembly’s vote to form an army congratulating the citizens of Kosovo and expressing gratitude for NATO, KFOR, the United States, Germany, Great Britain, France, Italy and all other countries that served for peace in Kosovo.
The government said the Law on the Kosovo Security Force defines the competencies, organization and functioning of the KSF as “a multiethnic, professional, armed and authorized force to serve in the country and abroad.” The Law on KSF Service aims to regulate the general conditions of service in the KSF while the Law on the Ministry of Defence reorganizes the Ministry of KSF into the Ministry of Defence for the purpose of overseeing and democratic civilian control over the KSF with its organizational structure that ensures full functionality and fulfillment of its responsibilities.
“The Government of the Republic of Kosovo considers that Kosovo’s right for an army, a multiethnic and professional force built under the highest NATO standards, stems from sacrifice and freedom, from the rule of law, the sovereign, the will of the citizens to protect and promote pro-Western values in Kosovo and beyond. Kosovo is NATO and NATO is Kosovo. For this no one has any doubt. Together with the allies, NATO will be only in the service of democracy, security, peace and development in Kosovo, the region and wherever it is required,” the statement reads.